A federal Appeals Court has ruled that Texas’ strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must quickly be scrubbed of those effects before the November election.
The ruling was a striking election-year victory for the administration of President Barack Obama, It’s also a blow to Republican lawmakers.
Voters will still need to show identification at the polls under the decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to attorneys who challenged the law, but a lower court will now also have to devise a way for Texas to accommodate those who cannot.
The 9-6 decision agreed with a lower court ruling that Texas had violated the federal Voting Rights Act. Hispanics were twice as likely and blacks three times more likely than whites to lack an acceptable ID.
Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series: Features “Asleep at the Wheel” tonight, July 21st from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the Birdsong Amphitheater
This is a free community concert.
Whether it’s because Tarleton State University is growing so fast or the many amenities Stephenville and Erath County have to offer, the Empire Tribune reports on a recent study that shows population has been on the rise over the past 10 years with Stephenville being ranked as one of the top 20 fastest growing cities in Texas.
An article released last month by Save On Energy lists the top 20 cities that are growing rapidly in the state, Stephenville being number 12 on that list.